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jonlubi

Member since Feb 2008 • Last active May 2021

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    Having a six bed house in Wales rewired now. Coming in circa £5.5K to £6K. Probably not far off what a London 4 bed would cost!

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    Their planning application will reflect their design, which appears to assume a Party Wall Notice will be issued to you, and that you will not dispute it.
    If they don't issue you with a PW Notice you can either apply for an injunction to stop them working (spendy and boring) or knock down any part of their wall that sits on your land (quite cheap and a lot more fun).

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    Ouch - good luck! Be prepared to be quoted many hundreds of pounds for even such a small job..

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    Are you in Wales btw? We are, and found Wales & West Utilities very quick to respond when we asked them to remove a gas supply. Unfortunately they can't do it until Scottish Power have removed the meter, and they are (so far) very fucking slow. Probably about 6 hours spent on the phone to them in total, and at least the same still to go I reckon..

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    Pretty sure you can't just get any gas engineer to fuck about with the supply pipes. If its between the gas main and your meter it would need to be done by the gas network people. Then only the utility supplier can move the actual meter. For anything after the meter, you can get any (qualified) gas engineer to do it.
    Find out who they are from here https://www.energynetworks.org/operating­-the-networks/whos-my-network-operator. They will probably have a link on their website to generate a quote request, as you would if you want a new supply / remove a redundant one etc.

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    VAT consultant is not on the list of people who will be getting the money gun pointed at them...there are plenty of others!

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    Read up on what is included here:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/buildings-an­d-construction-vat-notice-708#section8

    Also in my experience it helps if your wife went to school with someone in the council that decides to help you out with documentation!

    But then if you are in Wales like us, you’ll also get stung with the need to get fucking sprinklers installed if you want to get your building control certificate at the end of it all...

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    This should fall under permitted development. I'm currently doing this the other way around - turning two flats back in to one house. When I checked, both directions fall under permitted development - assuming your not doing any other significant works that would require planning permission.
    The 5% VAT thing is real (and a lifesaver), but you'll need to get something in writing to show your builder because ultimately it's them that has to bill you at 5% and then prove why if HMRC come calling.

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    Love a micro-rotor.

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    Nah, I ordered on the 29th Dec and they had some extra discount offer on top of the 10%.
    That said, a few months ago I was looking at an Oris, added to my basket to work out the final price but changed my mind and left it. The next day I had an email from them asking if I’d like to complete the purchase and here’s an extra 10% off too! Worth a try at least...

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